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Opinion / February 27th 2017

UK Opportunities in Latin America

Written by guest blogger, Rebecca Dossantos from the Biz Latin Hub Group. Latin America is often considered the final frontier for many British exporters, who are more accustomed to finding easier pickings closer to home and in English-speaking countries. However, huge potential waivers in the face of economic uncertainty in the Latin American region – Between 2011 and 2015 Britain built up a trade surplus with South America, and in 2015 the UK exported £7 billion in goods and services to Latin America. A very British history… Most British entrepreneurs are still unaware of the historic links and goodwill that exist between Latin America and Britain. After the end of the Napoleonic Wars, many a British soldier took-up arms with the libertadores to ply their trade in the battles of independence from Spanish and Portuguese colonial rule. In 1808, Latin America represented 40% of British exports. (more…)

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